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Views split among District 3 candidates

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Mike Heine
February 20, 2008
— Expect a slugfest in Walworth County’s race to represent District 3.

Incumbent Ann Lohrmann and LaGrange Town Supervisor Frederick Mark Bromley ran a close first and second—1,066 to 1,019.


The two move on to April’s general election leaving behind Whitewater Alderman Craig Stauffer, who had 300 votes.


Lohrmann is a fiscal conservative and proponent of little or no tax increases.


Bromley says county residents accept having to pay a reasonable amount for the services they want.


“I think it’s going to depend on the view taxpayers take on the role of government, and whether Walworth County gives an honest value for the dollar, which is my position, or whether they believe they are overtaxed and underserved, which is Lohrmann’s position,” Bromley said. “That is the central issue.”


“They are opposites,” Lohrmann said of her views compared to Bromley’s. “I’m for the people, you know. It’s going to be a whole other, different election. It’s a whole new race. It depends on who comes out to vote.”


Bromley has run on the premise that county residents value the services and are willing to pay for them.


“We plan to continue to raise the issues that the services Walworth County provides are important, are valuable and are needed,” he said. “While reasonable reductions in costs of those services can and should be made, the services themselves should be preserved. Changes in the tax structure should be incremental rather than revolutionary.”


He didn’t see any space for drastic reductions, but saw room for improvement, including employee benefits and finding economies in all departments.


Lohrmann in her time on the board has unsuccessfully called for levy increases smaller than the county’s self-imposed levy caps.


She said the next board can do that with greater scrutiny from top to bottom, including analyzing programs and services, technology and management hierarchy. The county also needs to better manage its employee health insurance, she says.


“We started at the top. We cut from 25 to 11 supervisors,” she said. “We’ve made that cut, and there will be some cost savings there in that respect already.


“I think we need to re-look at all of our departments and all levels of managers we have. We need to look at every single thing we can cut just like a business does.”


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